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The Folk Customs of Weddings and Funerals in Xian’an
http://English.xianning.gov.cn 11-07-15
 

  The second day after the wedding, the bride gets up early for offering tea to her parents-in-law firstly, then led by the “Relative-maker” to offer tea to the seniorities of every family in the village and to acknowledge ancestors.

  The three generations of man and woman are led by the father of the bride to the bride’s side to acknowledge relatives. While the mother of the bride can’t visit the son-in-law until her daughter gives birth to the nephew.

  In the third day, after the breakfast, the mother-in-law opens the box to show others the property the bride has brought from home. When the mother-in-law opens the box, she would say: “The box is full of gold and silver, the green leaf takes up flourish, and the house will be filled with children.” At this moment, the daughter-in-law will present persimmons, shoes and socks prepared in advance to the parents-in-law. Then the bride’s brothers keep an invitation of the home and take the new couple to bride’s home, which is called Returning Home. When returning home, the bride holds a red umbrella in front, the groom is in the middle, and the bride’s brothers are in the rear. For example, the son-in-law enters the door and the bride’s side invites close relatives and friends to accompany the daughter and the son-in-law to have dinner. During the banquet, the bride’s side specially prepares a steamed rooster for the son-in-law. After the meal, the daughter and the son-in-law say good-bye to bride’s side and go back to the bridegroom’ home, and the bride and groom can’t hang on night in father-in-law’s home in the third day. Till then, the whole wedding days come to an end.


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